Romans 8:1 – “There is therefore now no condemnation to those who are in Christ Jesus, who do not walk according to the flesh, but according to the Spirit.”
When we think of spiritual giants who walked with God, we think of people like Moses (friend of God); David (man after God’s own heart); John (disciple whom Jesus loved). But you don’t have to be a Bible hero to be a spiritual giant, nor is it just a matter of intelligence, education, talent or personality. All of us, given time, can become spiritual giants like the people in the Bible – the key was their openness to God, they “walked with God.”
I. Our walk
Everybody is always looking for the best “how-to” books or “self-help” tapes – we attend seminars and retreats because we would much rather work on problems our way. We study how to be better mates and parents, how to overcome worry, depression, sin, and so forth. But these approaches and techniques usually end with the same old disappointments. The Bible focuses on people and their relationship with God, not programs and promotions. The Bible has already given us the answer to life and all its problems, this is the only “rehab” that is guaranteed to work – it’s called a “daily walk with God!”
Galatians 5:16 – “I say then: Walk in the Spirit, and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.”
When we walk with God daily, our wives have better husbands, our children have better parents, this church has a better preacher. The gospel makes better people – no one is beyond hope, we can begin at any time.
We become like God when we worship and walk with Him. The ultimate purpose of God is to make us like Christ (Romans 8:29 – “For God knew his people in advance, and he chose them to become like his Son, so that his Son would be the firstborn among many brothers and sisters”).
I cannot be perfect for one minute, but I can be faithful one day at a time (Revelation 2:10). Life is lived daily. Every day is a gift from God. The human calendar only has three days – yesterday, today, and tomorrow. Yesterday is gone and cannot be changed. Tomorrow never comes. We only have today. God does not call us yesterday or tomorrow, He calls us today. Regardless of what happened yesterday, I can be faithful today.
Jesus told us to take up our cross daily, Paul said he died daily, the early church evangelized daily. We eat, sleep, work, and live daily. However, trying to live the right way daily is the most difficult thing. We all want to do some big thing, all God wants is our daily walk – Matthew 6:34 – “So don’t worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring its own worries. Today’s trouble is enough for today.”
Having sporadic fits of religion will always fail you (when you’re in trouble, Easter, Christmas, etc). Christianity is a walk, not a roller coaster ride. God wants us to choose the right way every day. Psalm 5:3 – “My voice You shall hear in the morning, O Lord; In the morning I will direct it to You. And I will look up.”
“Part-time Christians cannot defeat a full-time devil!”
1 Peter 5:8-9: “Stay alert! Watch out for your great enemy, the devil. He prowls around like a roaring lion, looking for someone to devour. Stand firm against him, and be strong in your faith…”
Only two steps constitute life. First – start! Second – don’t stop! Christianity is a step followed by a walk. Christianity is a walk, not a talk. Too many talk the talk but do not walk the walk.
There’s no such thing as instant spirituality. Our walk is a marathon, not a sprint. It is not a walk in the park; it is not fun, fun, fun. You will have struggles, trials, tribulations, etc., but the Lord has promised to “walk with us” all the way home. God walks with us in the middle of every day life, He goes with us through our fires and storms: Isaiah 43:1-3: “Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, you will not drown. When you walk through the fire of oppression, you will not be burned up; the flames will not consume you. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.”
In our daily walk we go through a progression: “I need God in my life; I want God in my life; I must have God in my life!”
Each of us must do this, no one else can walk my walk for me – I am totally responsible for my own walk (Micah 6:8 – “He has shown you, O man, what is good; and what does the Lord require of you but to do justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with your God?”)
Exercise daily – walk with the Lord! Walking with God is a humbling experience; it does not make you better than other people. Egotism, pride and walking with God do not mix! Our daily walk with God is for God’s glory, not ours. It must be a walk of faith (2 Corinthians 5:7 – “For we walk by faith, not by sight”).
“My daily walk with God.” What is the big word in this title? God! Infinite, immutable, eternal, holy God! Our society has lost the meaning of having a Sovereign, Creating, Holy, Transcendent God. Many people have forgotten that God is God and we are not.
God made man in His image, man today has reinvented God in man’s image. People read the Bible and say, “I can not believe in a God like that.” Who is man to decide what God is supposed to be like? Paul rebuked his society for worshipping the “created” rather than the “Creator.” No heresy can be more wrong than to create God in man’s image. There is a reason why the first two commandments in the 10 Commandments say this:
Exodus 20:1-6: “And God spoke all these words, saying: “I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt, out of the house of bondage. “You shall have no other gods before Me. “You shall not make for yourself a carved image—any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth; you shall not bow down to them nor serve them. For I, the Lord your God, am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers upon the children to the third and fourth generations of those who hate Me, but showing mercy to thousands, to those who love Me and keep My commandments.”
Society is out of control today for one simple reason – we have rejected God! We no longer have a center to hold things together. Our society is looking for truth in all the wrong places. God is truth, Jesus is truth, God’s word is truth, and Jesus is the Living Word of God.
John 17:17 – “Sanctify them by Your truth. Your word is truth.”
John 8:31-32: “Then Jesus said to those Jews who believed Him, “If you abide in My word, you are My disciples indeed. And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.”
We must develop and maintain a holy hunger for God. When you reach that point, you will find out that God was there all the time, waiting, pursuing, knocking at the door, drawing you to Him with His love (Jeremiah 31:3 – “…I have loved you with an everlasting love; therefore with lovingkindness I have drawn you).
Romans 13:11-14: “This is all the more urgent, for you know how late it is; time is running out. Wake up, for our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is almost gone; the day of salvation will soon be here. So remove your dark deeds like dirty clothes, and put on the shining armor of right living. Because we belong to the day, we must live decent lives for all to see. Don’t participate in the darkness of wild parties and drunkenness, or in sexual promiscuity and immoral living, or in quarreling and jealousy. Instead, clothe yourself with the presence of the Lord Jesus Christ. And don’t let yourself think about ways to indulge your evil desires.”
“Yesterday is gone, today is all we have for we may not see tomorrow! Act like it!”
1 Peter 4:7 – “But the end of all things is at hand; therefore be serious and watchful in your prayers.”